Gay Betzer Children’s Fund Supports Education
The Gay Betzer Children’s Fund is a new initiative, dedicated to Gay, that will broadly support the Museum’s education programs over the next decade. The Betzer family has donated $50,000 to the Albuquerque Museum Foundation, pledging an additional $50,000 as match to any other contributions received for the fund.
This gift from the Betzer family allows the Foundation, through education program funding, to serve more students, and continue to use Museum’s collection, exhibits, and programs to expand the horizons of the community’s children.
Teacher, librarian, culture lover, and dedicated member of the Albuquerque Museum family, Gay Betzer understands the immensely valuable education museums provide.
Gay became active with the Albuquerque Museum as a docent in 1987, as a way to learn about the history of New Mexico after the family relocated to Albuquerque from Oklahoma. The docent training, she wrote several years ago, was excellent and greatly enriched her experience in Albuquerque and with the Museum. Later, Gay served on the Albuquerque Museum Board of Directors for two terms and was one of the first group of docents trained for Casa San Ysidro when the city acquired it. She has served on the Casa Advisory Committee, the Batten House Committee, and has given countless hours to Museum service through volunteering. “One of the nicest honors I received was the Foundation’s Honor of Distinction in 1998-1999.”
“We are so grateful to the Betzer family for all their support of both the Albuquerque Museum and our Foundation over the years,” says Andrew Rodgers, executive director and CEO of the Albuquerque Museum Foundation. “Gay’s impact has been vital to both our organizations.”
The pandemic has seen demand for the Museum’s youth education programs expand exponentially. Teachers increasingly look to the Museum to provide resources and opportunities — both in-person and virtual — to augment their curriculums and expand the horizons of their students. “We couldn’t think of a more fitting tribute for Gay’s passion,” Rodgers says.